I cannot understand the need for a local Nelson currency. What is the incentive for anybody?
I am told it is meant to stimulate buying locally. I already do that with my Canadian currency. Besides that, Nelson has a severly limited selection of everything I require. So, when I go out of town, I have a pocket full of useless currency.
If I shop locally, and that particular store does not accept Nelson currency, again I am left with a pocket full of useless currency.
In addition, what about the cost of printing new currency? Wouldn’t that money be better put towards the disavantaged in society?
Another way to benefit the local businesses might be a monthly draw, prizes donated by these business owners, therefore getting much needed advertising, something along the lines of putting your name and phone number on the back of the sales slip. Therefore, creating incentive to buy locally.
I will continue to use my Canadian currency, accepted everywhere, locally and out of town.